Planetary Radio • Jul 05, 2017

A Cosmic Voyage with Astronomer Sandra Faber

On This Episode

20170705 sandra faber thumbnail

Sandra Faber

Professor Emerita for University of California, Santa Cruz

aVeteran astronomer and cosmologist Sandra Faber has just been awarded the Gruber Prize for Cosmology, honoring more than forty years of pioneering work. She talks with Mat Kaplan on this week’s show. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye tells us about his contribution to a conversation about protecting other worlds from aggressive life here on Earth. Bruce Betts takes us to the broiling highlands of Venus and the frigid plains of Mars for the space trivia contest.

New Very Large Telescope image of galaxy Messier 77
New Very Large Telescope image of galaxy Messier 77 European Southern Observatory
Astronomer Sandra Faber and a portion of the Hubble Space Telescope Deep Field
Astronomer Sandra Faber and a portion of the Hubble Space Telescope Deep Field R. R. Jones / Hubble Deep Field Team / NASA
iTelescope.net
iTelescope.net

This week's question:

Who submitted the name “Sojourner Truth” for the Mars Pathfinder rover, named in a Planetary Society-led contest?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at planetaryradio@planetary.org no later than Wednesday, July 12th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

In what year was the supernova observed that formed the Crab Nebula?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What are the names of the two large Venusian highlands?

Answer:

The two major Venusian (or Venereal!) highlands are Ishtar Terra and Aphrodite Terra.